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my dog pants constantly and seems to be out of breath

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my dog pants constantly and seems to be out of breath without exertion. she's having a hard time breathing and has allergies
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Debbie replied 10 years ago.

Hi Rosie:

How old is your dog?

What breed is she?

Is this a sudden onset or has it been coming on a while?


Dr. Debbie

Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Debbie's Post: rosie is 9 yrs old, she's a mixed terrier and has always had allergies but not brreathing problems to this extent. she had been to the vet and was on a course of dex and ceph but stil panting
thank you
Expert:  Dr. Debbie replied 10 years ago.

This is concerning at her age there are a couple of possibilities. Panting can be due to a fever - you can check hers by inserting a thermometer in her rectum and 100.5 to 102.5 is normal.

If it is more than panting and labored breathing, this may be due to a heart condition or a lung problem. I would get her in and let your vet listen to her heart and a chest xray may be in order. A heart problem would be the most likely thing and can show as exercise intolerance and difficulty breathing. Sometimes a cough accompanies this, sometimes not. If you think her belly looks distended, this too, can be a sign of a heart problem.

I hope this helps. If it does, please click accept. If you have more questions, let me know.

Dr. Debbie